Most movie theaters offer overly buttered popcorn and fountain drinks at the concession stands; however, at Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema, moviegoers can enjoy a full meal with beer and cocktails from the lobby bar.

I admit this with some amount of shame, but I don’t know my beer. Sure, terms like “dark” and “light” I can get a handle on, but especially a few months ago I might have guessed that Doppelbock and Weizenbock were monsters from German folklore rather than something I would ever drink. Because of this handicap, I would have expected that wandering into a haven for beer enthusiasts would make me feel like a Neanderthal entering the Louvre.

I love brewery tours: you get to try new beers and see how they’re made. I’ve been on quite a few tours around the country (and in Ireland), but one of my favorites is right here in New York. Williamsburg's Brooklyn Brewery offers an extensive tour of its brewhouse followed by a beer tasting.

A few months ago, I went to a bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with a few friends. I wasn’t familiar with the establishment, so when I was told the name a few days prior to going—it’s Barcade® by the way—I didn’t really think anything of it.

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Pretty astute, right?


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